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my first shopping trip to daiso

Daiso shopping trips spoils

Dear friends, I've recently had my first Daiso experience.

If you aren't familiar with Daiso, it's kind of like a Japanese dollar store. Nearly everything is $1.50, and it's so very Japanese. Lots of kawaii, pretty papers, sweet dishes, and of course, Japanese snacks. They only have stores on the West Coast, so when I was visiting Seattle, I made a point to visit one of these little treasures.

Daiso shopping trips spoils

I had seen and heard about people finding fun craft supplies, so that was one of the first places in the store that I stopped. They didn't have all of the wonderful things that I've seen on Instagram, but like shopping at Dollar Tree or the Dollar Spot at Target, you just never know what you'll encounter.

Of course, I still found some fun items! Buttons, thimbles, a measuring tape, and drawstring accessories! I also picked up some little craft kits for my sister.

Daiso shopping trips spoils

The paper goods were sooooo much fun. Lots of stationery to choose from, but I tried to resist. I have a habit of buying stationery items and never using them. These delightful little bags, grid paper word cards, and paper tape (not washi tape exactly) all made it into my basket.

Daiso shopping trips spoils

Super adorable twist ties? Check. Plastic grass for bento boxes? Check.

Okay, so I've never made bento in my life, but at $1.50, I somehow felt that my life needed that plastic grass. I have a day or so to figure out how to use them for Easter.

Daiso shopping trips spoils

And then there was this little towel. How I wish there had been more of these! The rest of the towels and furoshiki cloths weren't as nice or as pretty. But this one...this one is going to become something crafty.

And now I shall start hoping and hoping that Daiso decides to open up a store in the Chicago area!

20 comments:

  1. Oh no this is just making me want to go back there again!!
    Tegan xx - Permanent Procrastination

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  2. I've never been to a daiso before, and I want to go so bad that it hurts. I'm sure I won't show as much restraint as you did, though, because I'm totally obsessed with all the bento stuff for my kids' lunches.

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    1. Having a limited amount of room in my luggage definitely helped me limit my choices!

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  3. I've never been to a daiso before, and I want to go so bad that it hurts. I'm sure I won't show as much restraint as you did, though, because I'm totally obsessed with all the bento stuff for my kids' lunches.

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  5. It's a great store isn't it!!! I've only been once (in Australia) but it was so much fun and it is scary how quickly your basket fills up and ends up costing more than you realised it would.

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  6. Have you been to Mitsuwa? There's one in NJ (I grew up going there weekly!), one in Chicago and another one in Los Angeles. It's part Japanese supermarket, part fast food, part home goods store. They have a Kinokunya bookstore inside! It's a great place to stock up on all of your kawaii crafty needs.

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  7. We have both Mitsuwa and a bunch of Daiso stores Miss Mollie!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Are you trying to lure me to California? Haha...you know that Daiso is just the icing on the cake for a visit out your way!

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  8. Oh, it's a good thing we don't have those stores near me in Ohio! I would be spending money all the time...

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  9. Is this store located in downtown Seattle?

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    1. Yes! It was in a little indoor mall area. We took the monorail from the Space Needle, and you get off right in the mall. Daiso is just down the escalator.

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  10. I had no idea there were Daiso stores in America! I lived in Japan for several years and my heart aches I miss those 100 yen stores so much! I still have my adorable collection of little dishes.

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  11. have you been to mitsuwa on alconquin?

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  12. Jelly as can be! Would go nuts in such a store!

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  13. Lowena1:38 AM

    Oh man, I love Daiso and lucky to have one in Vancouver, Canada. I always purchased some of their craft kits and supplies.

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  14. How have I never heard of this? Daiso certainly sounds like fun. Pretty finds, too—I especially like the buttons and the hand towel. Of course, a bonus is everything's so springy! Glad to hear you had fun. :)

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  15. My husband is in California for work. After I read this, I told him he had to go there and get some cute things for our 9 year old daughter. She's going to love the kawaii items.

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  16. Oh what cute items. I have never heard of this store and I see there are 3 about an hours drive from me. I'll have to check it out.

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